BJP president Amit Shah launched a scathing attack on Samajwadi Party in a public meeting in Jhansi, saying “Yadi Khanan ghotala band kar de to Bundelkhand ke har bashiden ko ek Maruti car mil jaye. Itna paisa kha gaye Samajwadi Party wale (If illegal mining is stopped, every resident of Bundelkhand region would be able to get a Maruti car. The Samajwadi Party has looted money),” he said. He also asserted that if BJP comes into power, it will completely stop the illegal mining.
Shah was addressing a public meeting in Jhansi before flagging off the BJP’s second Parivartan Rath Yatra that will conclude in Lucknow on December 24. Assembly polls are due in Uttar Pradesh early next year and all parties have started the campaigning and Shah’s rally was latest in the series.
During the rally, Shah’s total focus was on Bundelkhand’s development. The region facing severe drought since 2007, hence, people’s economic condition is miserable here; moreover, the illegal mining has pushed them into the dark. Now, the BJP again want to play the ‘development and corruption cards’ which were also the major issues in General Elections 2014.
Shah also showed concern farmers’ conditions in the region. “Farmers of the region were not getting the benefit of the Prime Minister’s Crop Insurance Scheme because “chacha and bhatija” (Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav) were fighting with each other, he alleged.
He alleged that the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government had started schemes for development of Bundelkhand, but the SP and BSP governments did not implement them. Consecutive governments of the SP and BSP ruined the state, he said, adding that both parties were full of corrupt people. “Ek bhi goonda BJP me nahin hai (There is no goon in the BJP),” Shah said.
The rally was also attended by senior BJP leaders and Union Ministers. Addressing the gathering, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that irrigation water was a major problem in Bundelkhand, but the BJP would resolve it in five to 10 years.
While Union minister Uma Bharati in her address said, “I again support the demand for a separate Bundelkhand. I appeal to the public of UP and MP to decide which part of the region should be presented as a separate Bundelkhand state so that proposals can be passed in both Assemblies,” she said.